In a week when the EU (the idiots) are proposing that companies should by law have a minimum quota of women on their boards, its good to see a place where women are utterly dominant on their own merits – the record charts. This week, for the first time, female solo artists have taken the top 7 places in the album charts and 10 out of the top 12. They have also topped the album chart for 25 out of the first 29 weeks of this year. And to show just how much they are punching above their weight, of the 5,000 albums released this year, only 11% have been by female artists.
Female artists also do well in the best selling albums of this century, but the most remarkable feature is that the first ten are all British. The list is:
1. Back to Bedlam- James Blunt 3,239,713
2. Back to Black- Amy Winehouse 3,092,198
3. No Angel- Dido 3,062,777
4. Spirit- Leona Lewis 3,034,653
5. White Ladder- David Gray 2,940,575
6. 1- The Beatles 2,898,235
7. Life For Rent- Dido 2,866,350
8. Beautiful World- Take That 2,820,079
9. A Rush of Blood to the Head- Coldplay 2,768,947
10. Hopes and Fears- Keane 2,761,649.
Deservedly, Amy Winehouse is set to take over the top spot very soon, although it’s my bet that Adele, who is at No 12 with 21 will have overtaken her by the end of the year.